The newly-minted “Nuance Party,” which by its own admission is reaching out to Sweden’s Muslims, is now working to establish itself throughout the country. The party was formed in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, last autumn, and recently held an information meeting in Stockholm.
“Swedish Muslims experience both physical and verbal attacks of a racist nature every day,” chairman Mikail Yüksel proclaimed. To remedy this, the party wants Islamophobia to receive a special criminal classification.
Sputnik News (h/t Sara S) The Nuance party’s founder was expelled from the Centre Party over his alleged ties with the Turkish nationalist group the Grey Wolves. While the Nuance party rejects the Muslim-only label, it clearly appeals to Muslims and immigrants. One of its main objectives is for the Muslims to receive a special minority status.
Owing to Sweden’s liberal immigration policies of recent decades, the share of immigrants and their descendants has increased from completely negligent numbers to about a quarter of the population of 10 million. The percentage of Muslims has been estimated at over 8 percent, or 800,000.
The debate about the acceptance of Islamic garments is yet another hot issue for the party, given that several municipalities have banned the Muslim headdresses for students and staff alike, triggering protests among Muslims and their sympathisers.
“It is not the Islamic headbag that must be fought, it is the oppression. At the same time, parents have the right to raise their children based on their culture and religion,” Yüksel said.
While earlier attempts to form parties focused on immigrants and their issues have all failed, Nuance is setting its sights on the parliament.
“We want to get into Parliament, we want to get into different municipal councils and make our politics”, Yüksel concluded.
In 2019, Yüksel spelled out his standpoint in an opinion piece, where he blamed the establishment for “failing the multicultural society” and identified “growing populism” and “xenophobic rhetoric” as the roots of evil in Swedish society. To remedy the situation where “liberals are no longer liberals and socialists are not socialists”, he pledged to step aside from the established ideologies.